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Should Adults Take a Multivitamin Every Day?

Should Adults Take a Multivitamin Every Day? | Mr Vitamins
Eating a balanced diet that is low in fast foods, sugar and alcohol can be rather tricky for many people. Busy work schedules, excessive stress levels and bad food choices can affect your vitality and energy levels. Many adults consume multivitamin supplements to plug the gaps in their nutrient intake, thereby boosting their wellbeing and raising their energy levels. After extensive research on multivitamins, leading authorities such as the Harvard School of Public Health now recommend that both men and women take multivitamin supplementation every day.

Advice from Harvard School of Public Health

Of course Harvard nutritionists recommend that people start with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise to achieve maximum energy levels. Fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended for optimal vitamins and minerals, and minimally processed foods, red meat and trans fats. But in addition to these important tips, they also recommend a daily multivitamin as a good nutrition insurance policy. The American Medical Association has completely changed its anti-vitamin stance after 20 years! A 2002 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that, based on extensive research, the AMA now recommends that all adults take a multivitamin daily. Many people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, and the nutrients found in those fruits and vegetables are essential for good health.

The Elderly and Multivitamins

According to the Cleveland Clinic (in Cleveland, Ohio), a leader in research, education and health information, some older adults, specifically home-bound elderly, the frail or those with chronic diseases, may be at nutritional risk, and could benefit from nutritional supplementation.

Research on Multivitamins

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, evidence supporting the use of a multivitamin is increasing rapidly. They also state that whilst the average Western diet contains enough vitamins and minerals to prevent vitamin deficiency diseases such as scurvy, pellagra and beriberi (hardly optimal health!), chronic diseases are caused by insufficient vitamin intake and therefore nutritional supplementation would be beneficial.

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  • The Harvard School of Public Health
  • "NutriSearch: The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements Fourth Edition"; L MacWilliams; 2007
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • The Cleveland Clinic Website